Zurich… It’s Happening

Well I am jacked, a bit nervous, and thankful for this opportunity.

I head out tomorrow and if all goes well – electricity/wi-fi/rules, etc. – I hope to be blogging the conference live back to you here in the States.

There are many people I would like to thank for donations; there was a total of 8 people and one group that chipped in and since some don’t want to be listed on the blog I will just say thanks to all of you.  The donations offset the cost enough along with some handy savings, I was able to bring my wife along for a once-in-a-lifetime European date.  One group can be thanked, that is my high school Athletic Booster Club, as they surprised me with a 50/50 raffle in the last football home game.  I can also thank my parents as well for their kind donation.

This is mainly a “business” trip as I really want to get the information out to as many people as possible, often time we don’t get to hear about such things in a timely manner.  That being said I will do the best I can; there is a 7 hour time difference to central time, meaning on Thursday I should begin at 4am CST (earlier on Friday).  Regardless of the circumstances I do have wi-fi in the hotel so I can at the very least write a wrap up if needed (and it will be at a more convenient time for you).  I will also have Twitter available, so one way or another you will get information!

Here is the Program for the event.

I will also try to be “journalistic” and see if I can get a few of the presenters and those in attendance to answer questions.  The problem is that I don’t have any set questions to ask, feel free to include some in the comments section.

Again, I truly appreciate this opportunity and thank all of you who come to this blog, without the interest and massive amounts of hits a day this would never had happened.

Thank You!

8 thoughts on “Zurich… It’s Happening

  1. Educator Mom October 29, 2012 / 11:56

    Here is my question…With the RTP policies so key to an athlete’s recovery how does a Return to Academics policy (or in most cases, a lack there of) affect the the recovery of a student athlete?

    Glad you are going and excited to hear what comes out of the conference!

    • A Concerned Mom October 30, 2012 / 09:47

      Good question Educator Mom! Return to Learn (RTL) or Return to School/Academics (RTS/RTA) needs to become a major focus.

      Have you seen the materials CHOP came out with?


      “Return to learn plan

      Step 1

      Complete cognitive (thinking, processing) rest is required until your child has been symptom-free for 24 hours.

      This means no school, no homework, no computer, no texting and no video games.

      Appropriate activities may include watching limited television, pleasure reading, drawing and cooking as long as they do not provoke symptoms.”

      • Educator Mom October 30, 2012 / 15:32

        Wish someone had told me that 22 months ago. Instead he was medicated and sent to school (with some restrictions and accommodations) so he wouldn’t get too far behind. Everyday, week, month, year, we learn so much more to help these kids. I only hope people will take notice and apply the valuable information. And if we standardized return to learn/school/academics/ policies in the way return to play is being standardized, maybe we would see an even better (and faster) recovery rate for student athletes. This week a fellow teacher of mine has two students who sit in her class zoning out in pain until they can’t take it anymore and then go to the nurse’s office. They are both students who have been concussed in the last two weeks. What if the school gave them a RTL/RTS/RTA policy their first day back or as soon as the injury occurred so that the parents and the students could both understand the ramifications of too much too soon?

      • From my perspective:

        1- RTP is ONLY ONE concern…and should be insignificant when compared to RTEL (returning to everyday life) after suffering a concussion.

        2- To date, RTP standards are merely ” quess-timates ” whose opinions are as solid as sand foundations. …

        May I suggest that readers of this blog read and reflect upon the contents in the SRC article that Flo and I authored and was published online by NASP during 2011. A link to this SRC article is found under the Management heading located within this blog.

        A quote from the 2011 NASP article follows:

        It should be noted that numerous and conflicting expert and consensus viewpoints/guidelines have been published for managing a concussion. However, these guidelines lacked a scientific foundation and related clinical evidence and the discontinuance of the guidelines has been recommended.

        Some RTP guidelines were also influenced and biased by apparent conflicts of interest such as financial gain, prestige, and multiple relationships (Brady, 2004; Goldberg, 2009; Huizenga, 1994; Kelly & O’Shanick, 2003).

        Despite the different perspectives and resulting controversy, Putukian and Echemendia (1998) pointed out that the athletes’ health should remain the first priority when making RTP decisions.

        3- The brain requires 3 components of rest… Physical, Cognitive, and Emotional rest
        During the 1990s, some SRC experts concurred that athletes should not return to sports activities until they are asymptomatic for a designated period of time, both at physical rest and during physical exertion. More recently, the concept of cognitive rest was introduced as part of SRC management.

        Because the brain influences physical, cognitive, and emotional aspects of an individual, it seems logical and essential that the concept of emotional rest is also incorporated into this management framework.

        Sadly the concept of the need for minimal rest has recently been advocated in the literature…and thus the concern for ever – emerging conflict of interest opinions.

        4- It will be interesting to review the scientific basis that supports any ‘ expert opinions ‘ that may emerge from the upcoming concussion conference.

        5- Am curious if any one knows the specific procedures for the selection of the current individuals serving as members of the concussion panel group?…

      • A Concerned Mom November 1, 2012 / 07:58

        Educator Mom – I too wish that information was more readily available when my son was concussed. In the youth concussion stories I read and share on twitter, I find there are many parents who feel the same way.

        Each department of education (and/or Department of Health) should take more responsibility for this issue (by tracking injuries & ensuring appropriate education, preventative, and management programs are put in place), but I think we’re going to see more of an incremental response where certain states and schools are going to address concussive injuries better than others. Unfortunately, some lawmakers seem more concerned with limiting liability than with safeguarding the health of youth athletes.

        On a positive note, I have noticed that more attention is being paid to concussive injuries in elementary, middle and high school students. I suspect that the amount of contact allowed in youth sports at such young ages will eventually be more limited than it is today.

  2. Jon October 29, 2012 / 16:25

    Good luck Dustin…

  3. Matt Chaney October 30, 2012 / 11:45

    Give ’em heck, Dustin, with maybe a couple quick hits here, two questions among many I have: a) How about that great neurological safety web or cocoon, ‘concussion management,’ designed to protect 4 million juvenile American football players from brain trauma–or at least after initially diagnosed ‘concussion’?; and b) Doesn’t so-called Heads Up ‘safer; colliding for youths in football, or adults, still mean FACEMASK SMASHING, or repetitive brain impacts? Because if there’s no colliding facemasks, Heads Up is pure nonsense, physically impossible, to ram with only shoulders and chests in head-on avenues of collision in tackle football, or angles ranging from about 25-degree down to 0-contact.

  4. Jake Benford November 1, 2012 / 23:31

    I wish I could be there with you. Since I do not see this issue on the program, I hope you get a chance to ask about peoples thoughts on age limits with regard to contact sports. This is the group that the rest of the medical society looks to, and it would be nice to here them make a stance on this issue.

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